Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I Have a Confession




There is a sport I watch. Ice hockey, the ONLY sport as far as I'm concerned. And one I even understand fully, thanks to a very patient guy I dated who took the time to explain all the fine points of the game to me. Thanks J. Of course somewhere in his tutelage I meandered off on my own and became a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguin fan. He was a Flyers fan and yes, we tormeted each other about it terribly when our teams played each other.

Showing my age again today, I'll tell you that I became a loyal Pens fan before they signed Mario. They lost so many games that year I decided they needed at least one person to believe in them and know that they'd win it all someday. And then came Mario. Anyone who knows even a little about hockey knows who I'm talking about. After that, they built on the "double trouble" theme, all of the super-talented players with double numbers on their jerseys. Still have my locker room double trouble sweatshirt.

Part of that line-up included my favorite player of all time, Paul Coffey. He was a defenseman but was always breaking away on his own and flying down the ice to score. Mm, I loved to watch that man skate. So much so I even have his "Learn to Skate" video. I still watch it now and then. Anyway, he came to Pittsburgh by way of the Edmonton Oilers. Where he played with Gretsky. Surely you've all heard of him. Now I've never been much of an Oiler fan but even I have to say how incredible it was to a Coffey breakaway pass to a Gretsky tip-in. My opinion - it was great but not nearly as great as watching a Coffey/Lemuix scoring combination.

There was one season when I went to all the Pens away games against the former Patrick division teams. No, I never managed to meet Paul Coffey but I did get caught drooling over him in a pre-game skate in New Jersey once by Mark Recchi who then skated over to Paul and got him to wave at me. Yep, still have my whole collection of Coffey memorabilia

My point here? Don't really remember because I'm too lost in memories but it might have been that my Pens beat the Flyers last night. They lead the semi-final series 3-0. One more win and they're in the Stanley Cup finals. Of course I emailed J a Pen celebrating a goal last night. I couldn't resist and we're still friends so I know my bratiness made him chuckle. The next game is Thursday so tune in and cheer with me.



Let's go Pens!

8 comments:

Ashley Ladd said...

I'm not a big hockey fan. Sometimes I get offered free tickets to see the Panthers and I took my kids and my grandson. That was a big mistake as they were up in the nosebleed section and my daughter freaked out that we were up so high. She literally began crying she was so scared. Of course, maybe I would have enjoyed it more if not for that.

barbara huffert said...

Hockey to me is the one game that is still good from that high up. You can watch the patterns of the plays as they develop.

Molly Daniels said...

I've not attended a hockey game. Pro basketball and baseball, but not hockey or football. Used to keep track of the Indianapolis Ice...but I don't think they're a team anymore. I could be wrong...

The one time I sat in the nosebleed section of a basketball game, I kept yelling at the wrong players because I couldn't tell who was whom! My bf laughed about it when I told him:)

Amarinda Jones said...

Right - hockey huh? Gee, nothing to say on that as I understand no sport whatsoever. I will say I eagerly await the release of your next book - that beats bleeding, skating, sweaty men any day

Kelly Kirch said...

I'm dazed. Confused. I understood the word Penguin in there but after that it's all a haze...

barbara huffert said...

Okay so I guess I did get a little carried away here. I'll try to tone it down when they win in the finals.

Anny Cook said...

I've chosen you for the Blogging with a Purpose award. I'll e-mail you the pic to post on your blog. See my blog for the rules...!

J.J. Hebert said...

The Bruins suck so I guess I'll cheer on the Pens.